Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Faculty-Kerby-Fulton

The Notre Dame Professor of English

Specialty: Middle English literature and intellectual history, apocalypticism, visionary writing and women’s mysticism, manuscript studies, book history and medieval literary theory; also dance history and criticism, and early Canadian wilderness narrative.

Degrees: Hon. B.A., B.Ed., York University, Toronto; D. Phil., University of York, U.K.

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton works in Middle English literature and medieval Latin intellectual history, including religious and political censorship, apocalypticism, visionary writing and women’s mysticism. She has also worked on medieval manuscript studies in England and Anglo-Ireland, history of the book and medieval literary theory, especially in relation to marginalia, text-image relations, and reading practices before print. In addition, she publishes on dance history (seventeenth-century to the present), and contemporary dance criticism, and she has begun working on Canadian colonial wilderness and exploration narratives of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her books include Reformist Apocalypticism and Piers Plowman (which won the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America in 1994); and Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman, coauthored with Denise Despres (University of Minnesota Press, 1999). In 2006 she published Books Under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England (which won the 2007 Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Medieval Academy of America Haskins Gold Medal in 2010). Most recently she co-authored Opening Medieval English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches, lead author, with Maidie Hilmo and Linda Olson (Cornell University Press, 2012), which was elected by Choice as one of its "Outstanding Academic Titles" for 2013. Her edited collections include Written Work: Langland, Labour and Authorship, ed. with Steven Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997); The Medieval Professional Reader at Work: Evidence from Manuscripts of Chaucer, Langland, Kempe and Gower, ed. with Maidie Hilmo (Victoria: English Literary Studies, University of Victoria, 2001); and The Medieval Reader, a special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, ed. with Maidie Hilmo, vol. 1, Third Series, (2002); and Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages, ed. with Linda Olson (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005); Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis, (English Literary Studies, University of Victoria, 2009); “Something Fearful”: Dialogues and Essays on the “Religious Turn” in Literary Criticism, ed. with Jonathan Juilfs, a special issue of Religion and Literature, 42.1-2 (2010); and most recently, New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honour of Derek Pearsall, ed. with John Thompson and Sarah Baechle (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014). She is currently finishing a monograph, The Clerical Proletariat and the Rise of English Literature for University of Pennsylvania Press, and beginning work on a digital companion to Opening Medieval English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. She is also co-editing (with Doreen Kerby) the 19th-century diary of William Archibald Robertson’s explorations of the West Coast of British Columbia.

 

Recent Articles

  • “The Clerical Proletariat: the Underemployed Scribe and Vocational Crisis” forthcoming in Journal of the Early Book Society 17 (2014).
  • "Confronting the Scribe-Poet Binary: The Z Text, Writing Office Redaction and Oxford Reading Circles" in New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honour of Derek Pearsall, co-edited with John Thompson and Sarah Baechle (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014) 489-515.
  • "The Fifteenth Century as the Golden Age of Women’s Theology in English: Reflections on the Earliest Reception of Julian of Norwich," in 'Diuerse Imaginaciouns of Cristes Life':  Devotional Culture in England and Beyond, 1300-1560, ed. Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014) 357-394. 
  • “English Joachimism and its Codicological Content, with a List of Known Joachite Manuscripts of English Origin or Provenance before 1600,” Joachim of Fiore and the Influence of Inspiration: Essays in Memory of Marjorie Reeves, ed. Julia Wannenmacher (Aldershot, U.K., Ashgate Press, 2013) 183-230.
  • "Remembering Kelly Parson: Medievalist, Buddhist, and Poet," For Kelly with Love: Poems on the Abstracts of Carle Hessay, ed. Maidie Hilmo (Victoria, BC: Treeline Press, 2013) pp. xiv-xvii.
  • “The Vitality of the Past in the Present: A Response to Acknowledged Convictions: A Forum on Religion and Literature 42.1-2”, co-edited by Katy Wright-Bushman and Robin Kirkpatrick for Religion and Literature 43.1 (2013) 97-112.
  • "James Kudelka" Fifty Contemporary Choreographers, ed. Martha Bremser and Lorna Sanders, revised 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2012), 202 -211.
  • Introduction to “Something Fearful”: Dialogues and Essays on the “Religious Turn” in Literary Criticism, a special issue of Religion and Literature, 42.1-2 (2010) co-edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and Jonathan Juilfs, pp. 1-18.
  • “Authority, Constraint and the Writing of the Medieval Self” for the Oxford Handbook of Medieval English Literature, ed. Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker (Oxford: Clarendon, 2010), 413-433.
  • “’The Place of the Apocalyptic View of History in the Later Middle Ages’ and the Legacy of Morton Bloomfield,” in The Morton W. Bloomfield Lectures on Medieval English Literature, ed. Daniel Donoghue, James Simpson and Nicholas Watson (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 2010).
  • “Hildegard of Bingen” for the Medieval Holy Women, ed. Rosalynn Voaden and Alastair Minnis (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), 343-368.
  • “Skepticism, Agnosticism and Belief: The Spectrum of Attitudes Toward Vision in Late Medieval England” in Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis (Victoria: English Literary Series, University of Victoria, 2009), 1- 18, and Preface to volume vii – xi.
  • “English Joachite Manuscripts and Medieval Optimism about the Role of the Jews in History: A List for Future Studies,” for Essays in Honour of Sheila Delaney, special issue of Florilegium: The Journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists 23 (2008) 1-48.
  • “Response: Books under Suspicion and Beyond” to “Roundtable On Kathryn Kerby-Fulton’s Books under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England” in Journal of British Studies 46 (2007) pp. 766-774. 
  • “When Women Preached: An Introduction to Female Homiletic, Sacramental, and Liturgical Roles in the Later Middle Ages” and “Eciam Lollardi: Some Further Thoughts on Fiona Somerset’s ‘Eciam Mulier: Women in Lollardy and the Problem of Sources.’  In Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages, ed. with Linda Olson (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005) 31-55 and 261-78.
  • “Pseudo-Hildegardian Prophecy and Antimendicant Propaganda in Late Medieval England: An Edition of the Most Popular Insular Text of ‘Insurgent gentes’," co-written and co-edited with Magda Hayton and Kenna Olsen, for Prophecy, Apocalypse and the Day of Doom. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. XII, ed. Nigel Morgan (Oxford: Blackwells, 2004), 160 -193. 

 

Recent Honors and Awards

  • NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Fellowship, 2013, for “Professional Reading Circles, the Clerical Proletariat, and the Rise of English Literature”
  • Elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (March, 2012)
  • Medieval Academy of America Charles Homer Haskins Gold Medal in 2010 and 2007 John Ben Snow Prize awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies for Books Under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2008
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (various awards up to 2004-2005)

 

Contact Information
331 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-7372
kkerby@nd.edu

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556